Paddy has passed a milestone on the long road to adulthood
Paddy did himself proud for the Queen's visit, but the spectre of eejitry has not yet gone, writes Declan Lynch
Last week, we reflected on the astonishing stroke of good luck which placed Ireland so close to England, and on all the benefits which accrue from that.
We looked at the outsourcing of our issues such as unemployment and unwanted pregnancy. We celebrated the superiority of English culture, which has effectively become our own native culture, with men from Leitrim referring to Premier League clubs such as Bolton Wanderers as "we", as they should. And we toasted our unrivalled access to the best television and the best radio and the best music in the civilised world.
We gave thanks for the fact that there has been virtually no Irish success on an international scale without the deep involvement of one or more English people. And we gave respect to George Osborne -- the Chancellor of the Exchequer who recently urged the G7 finance ministers to go easy on poor Paddy, to no avail.